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Shawabty of Queen Masalaye

This is a shawabty belonging to Queen Masalaye. The object was broken in three pieces and is not mended. The female figure wears a tripartite wig. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar or base. There are seven horizontal lines of incised text on the back of the figure starting from...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 23 (tomb of Queen Masalaye). 1917: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Senkamanisken, 643–623 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 8.7 cm (3 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes